Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is a great program, especially if you like to travel the world. With 18 partners to choose from, there’s bound to be an airline available to take you on your next adventure.

Or if you live in Alberta or B.C., you can hop on Alaska Airlines, and be able to fly anywhere in the U.S via their main hub in Seattle.

And with 2 great credit cards to earn miles, Alaska makes it easy to get involved in the program.

However, there’s a big change coming to one of Alaska’s airline partners.

Changes coming to Alaska’s American Airlines partnership

Starting on March 1, 2020, major changes are coming to Alaska Airlines partnership with American Airlines.

You can see the full details here, but there’s one key change.

You will no longer be able to redeem Mileage Plan miles on American Airlines flights starting on March 1st.

This drastically cuts down the flexibility you have when redeeming for flights within the U.S. and internationally, as American Airlines operates flights to many major airports across Canada.

It’s unfortunate, but partnerships change, and all good things come to an end. Let’s hope Alaska keeps adding partners and eventually finds a replacement for American Airlines.

Replacement credit cards

If you have an Alaska Airlines credit card and are not enamored with these changes, here are a few options to consider.

For other top travel cards, check out this page.

Credit Card Welcome Bonus Earn Rates Annual Fee, Income Requirements Apply Now
American Express Gold Rewards 25,000 points (terms) * 2 points per $1 on gas, groceries, drugstores, and travel
* 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
* $150 annual fee
* No income requirements
Apply Now
TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite * 15,000 miles after the first purchase
* 5,000 miles when you add an authorized user
* 2x the miles in the first 3 months (terms)
* 1.5 points per $1 on gas, groceries, drugstores, and aircanada.com
* 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
* $120 annual fee, first year free
* 60K personal or 100K household income requirements
Apply Now
American Express Cobalt Up to 30,000 points (terms) * 5 points per $1 spent on groceries and restaurants
* 2 points per $1 on gas, travel, and transit
* 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
* $120 annual fee, charged out as $10 per month
* No income requirements
Apply Now

If you want to collect airline miles because of their overall high value, you can’t beat the .

Why this card? While it earns Amex Membership Rewards, you can transfer your points to 6 airlines, including Aeroplan at a 1:1 ratio. Since it earns 2 points per $1 on a few categories, more than any other Aeroplan card, it makes it our top Aeroplan credit card.

And if it turns out transferring to airlines won’t work for you, there’s a bevy of other ways to use your points, including redeeming for any travel deal you can find, making use of the Fixed Points travel program, or transferring to Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors.

If you’d prefer an Aeroplan branded card instead, the is your top alternative.

Earn up to 1.5 miles per $1 spent on your purchases. And, you get some great Air Canada benefits when travelling on rewards tickets.

If you’re tired of dealing with inflexible programs that change frequently, then consider the our #1 rated credit card.

You’ll earn plenty of Amex Membership Rewards points on your purchases – up to 5 points per $1. Redeem them for flights using the Fixed Points travel program, and get a value of up to 1.75 cents each.

Or, redeem for any travel deal you can find for 1 cent per point. There’s also the option to transfer your points to Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors.

Plus up to 4% cash back.
Ends December 18, 2019.

Your thoughts

What are your thoughts on the upcoming changes?

If you have an Alaska Airlines card, are you still going to keep it, or move on to something else?

Let us know in the comments below.